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Old March 12th, 2006, 00:21   #1
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Operation Irene III DVD

Operation Irene III
Purchased from Airsoft Extreme
Purchase Price: $15.00 USD (about $25.00 CDN shipped)
Run time: Approx 1 hour, plus bonus features


After buying and watching the Operation Restore Order and Operation Irene II dvds, I eagerly awaited the arrival of the Operation Irene III dvd. This game was played at the Zussman MOUT Center at Fort Knox, KY, with about 300 players. I must say the structure of this video is much improved over the last two. Much more in action shots (and what in action shots!), interviews with both Col. (ret) Danny Mcknight & Msg. (ret) Howard "Mad Max" Mullen, as well as many of the players, bonus footage of the night ops and a "making of" selection. I won't go into the actual particulars of the game as I don't like spoilers myself.

This video is great as far as airsoft vids go. The gameplay is great, pyro everywhere, armoured vehicles are used (2 M113's, well M108 mortor carriers actually w/o the mortors, but who really cares!). The in action footage is typically much more close up than the other videos and follows the storyline of the three scenarios well, with short "interviews" of players right in the field to get perspective of what's going on on either side at that point in time. One really cool addition to this video is the MOUT survaillence video cameras are everywhere, so you get to see many more angles of the game, including indoor footage.

Having NPC's (non-player characters) all over is pretty sweet too. Both teams had to interact with the, at times unpredictable, NPC's to achieve various objectives. There are several humourous parts as well, but you'll have to see for yourself. I was really disappointed there wasn't much of the infamous helmet cam footage that was floating around online after the game. There is some, but not much.

The props are incredible as are the "effects", yes effects. There are burning buildings, cars, vehicles driving around amongst the action, explosions, rockets flying through the air, etc.

Recommended viewing for the airsofter whore in all of us. Just wish we could have a game if this caliber here at home.
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Old March 12th, 2006, 01:32   #2
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Old March 12th, 2006, 02:19   #3
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 16:59   #4
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You purchesed the video? I just saw it on google video!

It is one awesome video, with all the effects and they're all wearing US desert kit.

How much do you think their budget was?

EDIT: I was wrong, on google video, its not the same DVD. It is some helmet-cam action FROM Op: Irene III, shot by BlackEagle Airsoft.

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You purchesed the video? I just saw it on google video!

It is one awesome video, with all the effects and they're all wearing US desert kit.

How much do you think their budget was?

EDIT: I was wrong, on google video, its not the same DVD. It is some helmet-cam action FROM Op: Irene III, shot by BlackEagle Airsoft.

Op: Irene III (helmet cam)

You realize this was a game? One side wore 3 color desert and the other side wore woodland.

Budget?? It's a game, at an active military training centre. Need more than money to pull that off.
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Old April 24th, 2006, 23:48   #6
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You realize this was a game? One side wore 3 color desert and the other side wore woodland.
My bad... i was talking about the video. The whole time it showed the desert guys, it only had 1 shot of the woodland guys. Sorry if I offended you....
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Old April 25th, 2006, 10:43   #7
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Darklen, i'm not sure why you are getting on TmSteyr's case, his question is legitimate... very in fact. If more people could answer that question, we'd have more quality games around.

TMSteyr, I don't know how much they were charging per person (i'd venture a 50$USD guess) but I'm pretty sure they had the help of a lot of 'veterans' or actual military personel. Since it was in a training facility and they were using real armor, i'd take a guess and say some of the airsofters are part of the military and 'made a few friendly calls' to organise this.

Just like Canada's Keystone Strike.... they have access to an helicopter. As an organiser, i've tried that a few times and having an helicopter for 2 hours costs near 1000$ on the civilian side. So, contacts is the key.

But i'm sure they did have a hell of a budget and some professional planners as well. Takes a lot of planning and guts to pull something like that off.

Although after watching the whole movie (dvd), i'm really not impressed by the quality of gaming. Their missions seems boring... They seem very keen on the 'peace-keeping' missions and less on the actual complexity of warfare. but that's my opinion.
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well remember it was kinda based off of the events of black hawk down so i would figure it would be more of a attack but think the primary goal of american soldiers in somalia was peace keeping really so yeah me 2 cents.
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Just purchased the OP Irene 4 DVD!!! Will update with a review once it's here.
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Old May 12th, 2007, 00:22   #10
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Hi Guys, I read somewhere that to play you needed to pony up $200 each. With over 300 players that is a LOT of coin. I'd pay that to play in that game, but its only open to Americans from what I've seen.
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I've been on their forums and if it's held at Ft. Knox, or any other active US military base, you can only get on if you're a US Citizen. Several Royal Marines wanted to go and were not allowed in, nor any other forgeiners that asked.
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John Lu, the guy who organized it got it running only because those generals wanted it more for a rememberance or recreation of the event. Not just because somebody asked. As a matter of fact. they almost stopped doing the OP's because a crapload of people were calling saying that they had wanted to play airsoft. Obviously this was a slap in the face for the event planners and organizers. I actually think the OPSEC guys were banned for the 3rd or 4th event.
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NEWS UPDATE

Best of USA Marketing will be holding Operation Northern Wind August 2008 in New York State on the National Guard Facility. It will be open to Canadians I have spoken with the National Guard. But you will have to find a rental or buy down south for various reasons. It will be a US woodland VS 3 colour desert tan.

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